How to Find an Accountant or Bookkeeper Who Is Right for Your Business.


So, you’re either considering going into business for yourself or are currently in business but are finding it more challenging to keep up with the voluminous paperwork involved in keeping your books in order.

It’s a situation that most people are familiar with: they keep promising themselves that they’ll get to it “tomorrow,” “later,” or “at the end of the week,” but then the deadline arrives, and they’re scrambling to do it on time.

Affordable Access to Expertise

Are you frustrated with the high costs of hiring professionals because you run a small or home-based business? Therefore, it is recommended that you seek assistance from professionals who can provide services such as:

Accounting guidance that is both current and free

Practical answers to problems with credit card payments and money flow,

Small business owners can access a plentiful supply of bookkeeping and accounting forms.

Support for online merchant account administration.

What kind of accounting program works best for your company?

Current and up-to-date tools and resources that can help your company stay ahead of the competition.

Where can I find free bookkeeping spreadsheet templates?

Who hosts communities where people with similar interests may talk shop about difficulties affecting their internet businesses beyond just money?

That points to other helpful websites

You can also promote your enterprise.

Ability to utilize cutting-edge technology to efficiently manage your accounts from across the country without incurring astronomical technical expenses on either your part or theirs.

Professional Bookkeepers With Accreditations:

You should look for a bookkeeper member of the Association of Accounting Professionals. While there are numerous such organizations, the two most prominent ones are:

Accounting Technicians International (AAT)

Over 108,000 people from all over the world are members of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), which is an accounting organization. Those who pass the AAT tests and meet the prerequisites for supervised work experience can call themselves associate accounting technicians. Despite having its headquarters in London, the AAT has regional offices all around the United Kingdom and beyond.

Acknowledgment in One’s Field
Four of the UK’s chartered accountancy bodies are behind the organization. These include:

Management Accountants (CIMA) of the United Kingdom;

English and Welsh chartered accountants’ Association (ICAEW);

ICAS (Scottish Institute of Chartered Accountants); and

The CIPFA, or the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Accounting and Auditing Technician vs. Certified Accounting Technician The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is the only UK chartered accountancy body that does not support the AAT. This group was once an AAT sponsor but has since split off to form its own organization, which now offers a competing certification called the Certified Accounting Technician (CAT). The Association of Certified Public Accountants (ACCA) instituted this policy because it sought a technician-level credential with the same international focus as its own.

While the UK Department of Trade and Industry, UK accountancy firms, the US, and current and former British Commonwealth countries recognize the AAT as a professional certificate, CAT is not. The ACCA Competency Analysis Test (CAT) is a professional academic qualification. The AAT certification stands on its own as a legitimate intellectual and professional credential.

There’s a group called the ICB (the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers).

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (“ICB”) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing and preserving the integrity of the bookkeeping profession by setting and enforcing standards for entry-level, intermediate, and advanced certification in the field.

The International Cricket Board (ICB) began in the United Kingdom in 1996 but has now expanded to more than 50 countries worldwide.

One of the Institute’s goals is to increase interest in bookkeeping as a career.

to help bookkeeping become widely acknowledged as a legitimate subset of the finance industry

to encourage the study of accounting theory

to help students better manage their time in school and boost their self-assurance before starting a bookkeeping course

to make it possible to earn a credential that can improve admissions chances to subsequent educational levels

to better its members’ employment opportunities

With over 150,000 members and students, the ICB is by far the largest bookkeeping organization in the world. The International Federation of Bookkeepers (ICB) has helped many bookkeepers worldwide establish lucrative careers by providing them with resources and guidance.

Like other trade governing bodies, you can’t just purchase your way into any of these organizations; you must pass rigorous exams and maintain your CPD (Continuous Professional Development) and Indemnity Insurance.

Before considering a Chartered Accountant, who will charge significantly more, a professional Bookkeeper should be able to answer most of your financial questions. Personal tax returns and basic business tax calculations should be under their purview.

If a Bookkeeper can’t answer your question, they should know exactly where to get it or how to get you in touch with the person who can.


Be wary, though, because anyone can call themselves an “accountant” these days; a chartered accountant is what you need. People don’t often realize they require a specific kind of accountant or that there are other kinds of accountants; here are two examples of the most common types of Chartered Accountants:

The Chartered Certified Accountant (designatory letters ACCA or FCCA) qualification is offered worldwide by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a British chartered accountancy body with a global presence. Individuals who wish to refer to themselves as Chartered Certified Accountants are required by law to be members of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and, if they engage in public practice engagements, to meet additional requirements such as holding a practicing certificate, being insured against any potential liability claims, and submitting to inspections.

Before 2005, only those with active practicing certificates or insolvency licenses were required to participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Beginning in 2005, ACCA will gradually require continuing professional development (CPD) for all members.
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is a professional organization in the United Kingdom. It provides its members with education and certification in management accounting and allied fields, emphasizing financial reporting for businesses. Two levels of full membership are available in CIMA:

The initials ACMA indicate that an individual is an associate.

Title: “Fellow,” abbreviated “FCMA”

The following qualifications are required for associate membership:

– have at least three years of relevant work experience, verified by written documents from credible witnesses

– been successful in all 15 of the institute’s required tests

– Been nominated and seconded for membership by two people familiar with the candidate’s work history; these individuals need not be CIMA members or even accountants.

A prospective ACMA for Fellowship must also have substantial senior-level experience.


When considering any of these experts, it is crucial to check over their previous work and client testimonials to get a sense of the fields in which they have excelled. If you’re running an internet business and looking for a bookkeeper or accountant, remember that they may have more experience with manufacturing enterprises. Despite their familiarity with the fundamentals, they will need more time to grasp your company thoroughly and may lack the essential networks and resources.

To avoid making a hasty decision that you’ll later regret, it’s necessary to conduct a thorough interview and background check on your prospective professional aid, just like you would with a potential new hire or vendor. Make an effort to do things correctly the first time around. But if you don’t, it’s okay; you can permanently alter your outlook.

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MICB CB Cert. MAAT Author: Monique Davis

Davis Commercial Constructions Ltd.

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